Monday, September 30, 2013

Christmas Cardinal

Christmas Cardinal is one of 29 new dies released this month from Die-Versions.   I paper pieced the branch and added some Snow Writer (which I promptly wiped most of it off for a more subtle look of snow).  

The Classic Deckled Oval from Spellbinders is covered in glitter for a very sparkly look.

The sentiment is a combination of the new Holiday Half Pint, which I tucked behind a panel and DV's Mister Micro font.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Cherish your Friendship

Sparkle N Sprinkle's Solid Butterfly rubber stamp set and embossing powders were used to create this shaped card.  The butterfly was stamped three times and heat embossed with Indian Spark, Antique Gold, and Spring Willow embossing powders and fussy cut out.

The bright background (since butterflies like bright flowers) they are resting on is heat embossed with Bahama Mama embossing powered - one of the new marbleized embossing powder.  The green base, which represents the leaves of a flower was cut with the Grand Scallop Circle from Spellbinders.

The sentiment is stamped with StazOn ink onto Cloud Nine velvet glitter for a sparkly message.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Recessed Dahlia

The Dahlia rubber stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle is full of wonderful images.  For this card, I used the rubbing alcohol technique taught by Claudine Helmuth, but instead of sprinkling Perfect Pearls on the wet acrylic paint, I sprinkled Citron Green glitter.

I created two panels using this technique so I could recess the flower, which is heat embossed with Amethyst Spray embossing powder, below the top panel.

The leaves are heat embossed with Pine embossing powder and the sentiment is also embossed with Amethyst Spray.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Peace, Love, Joy

Die-Versions new Peace, Love, Joy Cute Cube is paired up with the adorable Reindeer Sweet Petite for this somewhat masculine Christmas card.  Spica glitter pens were used to give a bit of sparkle to the letters in the Cute Cube while three different colors of flock from Sparkle N Sprinkle were used to enhance the reindeer.

Snow White flock was used on his tail and chest(we have both white tailed deer and black tailed deer going through our yard all the time). Buff flock was used for his body and Sparkling Coffee, which has a bit of glitter, covers his antlers and hooves.

Be sure to check out the entire "Tis The Season" new release of 29 dies this month.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Snowflake Ornament

For this gift tag, I die cut the background with my Spellbinders diamond shape die and then randomly stamped the snowflakes from the Winter Swirl rubber stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle with VersaMark ink.  I heat embossed the images as well as the edges with Ice embossing powder.  

The sentiment, also from the same set was heat embossed with White Detail embossing powder and then fussy cut out.  For added dimension, I pop dotted it on top of the main panel.  The background panel is Cryogen cardstock, which has a wonderful iridescent sparkle embedded into the paper fibers.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Die-Versions Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Blog Hop from Die-Versions.  It starts today, 9/17 and goes until 9/22, with the winners being posted on the Die-Versions Blog on Sept 23.  Speaking of prizes, there will be a $50 gift certificate Grand Prize to be used in the DV store PLUS 5 others will win $10 gift certificates.  Pretty fantastic prizes, I'd say.

How do you enter?  It's easy, just leave a comment for each of us DV Dynamos and at the final stop, the DV Blog, leave a comment stating which was your favorite die out of all the projects you saw.  The winners will be randomly chosen from the design teams comments.

Now, some details about my project.  I've used the new Holiday Half Pint die and cut out two different patterned papers to create my tag for my gift and I added the word "Cheer", a DV Casting Call font, which is covered in glitter for lots of bling.  It's a quick and easy project to make and is perfect for this host/hostess gift.

I'm the first stop on the blog hop, so you are in the right place.  Your next stop will be Emmy to see what awesome project she has created for you.

Here's the complete blog hop order:

Anne Temple (you're here)

Happy hopping and don't forget to leave each of us some love (in the form of comments) in order to be eligible for those fabulous prizes!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Botanical Molten Pearls

I've discovered another technique I haven't tried - Molten Pearls.  (You can see a video of the technique here, in the SNS Tips and Techniques section.)    And what makes it even better is that it's published in the Creative Color for Card Making 2013 edition of CardMaker magazine!  (Squealing with delight! You can see it for youself on page 100.)   I've done a step by step photo tutorial as well.


To create this card, I used the Bamboo Floral Vase stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  You can also get it in the Asain Leaf Robe stamp set.

First you need to decide what shape you want the base to be.  I used a Lifestyles Crafts nesting die set that came as part of a package for my shape, inked it up with VersaMark, and covered it with Copper embossing powder.  It may take two or three times to get the desired effect your looking for.  It should be shiny and smooth.

Once you're happy with it, ink up your image with Versamark and stamp it directly onto the embossed shape.  Cover it with a different color embossing powder (I used Forest Green), and heat emboss.  The new layer melts into the base layer and looks so cool.

The photo on the right is what it looks like when you're finished.

To complete the card, I matted it onto black cardstock using the next size up nesting die and used the third size up to cut a piece of vintage book page for my larger mat (I just turned it on it's side).  The seam binding ribbon was colored with Dylusions Ink Sprays and I added a vintage button threaded with paper floss on top.
If you haven't tried this technique yet, you really should.  I couldn't stop with just one card.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Winter Wonderland

Sparkle N Sprinkle's Winter Swirl rubber stamp set and Sparkle N Soft was used to create this oh so soft card.  The entire panel is made from three different colors of Sparkle N Soft flock - Night Sky, Glistening Emeralds, and Twinkling Clouds.

Here is a different angle so you can see all the glitter that's incorporated into the flock.  It's very sparkly and soft in person.

To start off, I stamped the image onto an adhesive sheet and used my exacto knife to cut around the trees.  I then exposed the adhesive for each section separately and applied the flock.

The sentiment was heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder and a couple rows of pearls finish it off.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bear's Thanksgiving

These sweet Bears and sentiment are from the Thanksgiving rubber stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle.

They were stamped onto Kraft paper and then colored with Distress markers of a rustic look.  The hands, feet, and ears are covered with Dark Chocolate flock and the background is Harvest Nights embossing powder.  

Monday, September 9, 2013

Regal Reindeer

The Regal Reindeer is just one of the 29 new releases for September called "Tis The Season" from Die-Versions.  Tissue paper background, pearls, and Merry Christmas ribbon make fast work of this holiday card.  

Friday, September 6, 2013

Butterfly Thoughts

How nice it is to get a card for no reason....and this one fits the bill perfectly.  I've combined the butterfly stamp from the Solid Butterfly stamp set with a sentiment from the Just For You stamp set.  Both sets are by Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The butterfly was heat embossed with Firecracker Blue embossing powder and fussy cut out so he could be placed in my die cut window.  The sentiment is a two step process using Stickum Powder and Orchid Rose velvet glitter.  If you haven't tried stickum powder, it's a great product that allows you to add glitter, flock, micro beads, etc. to stamped images that would normally be hard to have these kind of things added to.  Check out the video found in SNS's technique section here, explaining how this product is used.

For a little added interest, I also dry embossed the back panel, since part of it shows through my cut square.  Plus butterflies love flowers.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Dec 25th

Here's a fun tag using the brand new Dec 25th Express Edge and the Holly Sweet Petite from the latest release by Die-Versions.  

I started off by adhering some Christmas wrapping paper to a tag.  I then dry embossed the entire tag with a DIY embossing folder created with the Snowflake Sweet Petite.  (Click here to see my post showing how I made my DIY embossing folder using this die.)  Next, I die cut the edge and cut the Holly out of fun foam.  Some Distress Stickles were added for the berries.  To complete the tag, the beginning of my sentiment was die cut using the Die-Versions Little Lizzie font.

Be sure to visit the DV Blog and the DV Facebook page to see what the rest of the team has created with this new Christmas release.  Also, don't forget to mark your calendars for the first ever Die-Versions Blog Hop on Sept 17.  There will be fabulous prizes to be won!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Happy Fall Y'all

It's the first of September (oh my) and time for the new Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.  It's Anything Goes as long as you use glitter, embossing powder, and/or flock (or any combination of the three).

For this fun card, I was able to combine one of the new Die-Versions Cute Cubes with this fun turkey from the Thanksgiving rubber stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  The sentiment is recessed from the main panel and is covered with Autumn Medley Sparkle N Soft.

The main panel is glossy paper and I heat embossed the various leaves that come in the set.  I combined Tuscan Star, Japanese Lacquer, and Pear Star on each of the leaves.  (I did get a bit of co-mingling of the powders, so I made a new color and saved it for later.  I'm sure I'll use it on something in the future.)  Distress Inks and an ink blending tool was used to add color to the background.

The turkey was heat embossed with Clear Detail embossing powder onto kraft cardstock and colored with Distress Markers.  I added Gypsy Red Velvet glitter and Autumn Medley glitter to various parts for added sparkle.

Head on over to the SNS Creative Challenge for your chance to win.